A story at bedtime- James and the amazing gift.

I love reading, both as a adult and a child I was always found with my head in a book.

I would spend the entire 6 weeks in the library as a kid I particularly loved the goosebumps series by R.L Stine – Classics.

I didn’t have many friends and loved the escapism books provided.

I always thought that when I had kids I would be reading with them from birth. I even tried reading to my bump but soon got sick of the sound of my own voice.

It really didn’t turn out the way I had planned, being a parent made me very busy I barely had time to brush my hair let alone read Max a book, I always wondered how other mum’s seemed to manage it (the whole bath book bottle bed always baffled me) and I always felt incredibly guilty that I could never find the time for a bedtime story.

Now Max is older we do occasionally read a short book together before bedtime, he’s concentration levels are much higher now he is a little older meaning he can actually sit and listen for small periods of time.

This is usually dependent on how late he has gone to bed and if he’s been a monster during the day or well-behaved. If you’ve had a day of full on toddler misery’s then sitting down to read a book at bed time is the last thing on my mind, getting Max to bed and the gate at the door shut as soon as humanly possible is usually the first thing on my mind on those occasions.

When we were approached to review a new children’s book I jumped at the chance.

Although we don’t read together as often as I would like reading is a fantastic way to bond with Max.Its just me and him with no distractions it really is quality time. I’ll admit sometimes I do skip a page or 10 if I’m feeling tired or if the book is particularly long-winded (come on we all do it).

Tonight we sat in his toddler bed (so uncomfortable) and read a book together.

We read a new book James and the Amazing gift by Nicola J  Rowley to read and review.


It’s a lovely book all about a little boy called James and you guessed it his amazing gift which is his smile.

James looks just how I imagine Max will look once his older, blonde hair blue eyes with the ability to make any person smile with his happiness and positivity.


The book focuses on Jame’s need to make the world a happier place one smile at a time.

It particularly hones in on an elderly woman whose day is made by Jame’s beaming ray of sunshine smile.

We enjoyed reading the book and Max even asked for me to read it to him twice (my reading skills are on point). The illustrations are great, bright large images. The story is very straight forward and easy for an older child to follow. Max is only 2 I like to think he understood but I’m not sure. He loved pointing out the different images thou such as the blue car.

If I could have one criticism it would be about the font, the book is aimed at 3+ so I would have liked the font a little larger.

Overall this book is very nice a lovely positive story with bright fresh illustrations. It is available for £7.99 paperback with £1.00 of each sale is going towards the UK Charity contact the elderly.

I think as Max gets older I certainly will make more of a effort to fit reading time on the agenda. It’s a known fact that reading extends your vocabulary and in a child that is never a bad thing.


*we were sent a copy of James and the amazing gift to read and review, all opinions are honest and my own*





  1. October 29, 2016 / 6:16 pm

    Sounds like a lovely book. My daughter loves books so we often sit together reading them. Shes 2 so im not sure she understands everything but its fun for her anyway. I’d like to read more with her, especially as part of a bedtime routine but she thinks it’s a game and it doesn’t really relax her at the minute. Hopefully sometime soon we will be able to incorporate reading into her bedtime routine.

    • admin
      October 29, 2016 / 7:33 pm

      I know excately what you mean about the reading, its hard for them to sit still for a long period of time (more than 2 minutes) It was a very sweet book. I wish I could read more with Max its something to work on. I think it will be lovely when both of the boys are old enough to sit and read a story together.

  2. October 29, 2016 / 8:26 pm

    The book sounds lovely and I’m glad you got to read with Max.
    I was never allowed to miss out pages as I’d read most books so many times, the kids knew all the words lol.

    • admin
      October 29, 2016 / 10:39 pm

      He has no clue we skip pages yet, i imagine in time this will change 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

  3. October 30, 2016 / 2:13 pm

    We love reading with our daughter and appreciate all book recommendations. Reading with your children really is an important past time for development #fortheloveofblog

    • Kris
      October 30, 2016 / 7:44 pm

      I think reading must be fantasic for there brains and vocab. I’m really going to make more of a effort to read with him each night.

    • Kris
      October 30, 2016 / 7:41 pm

      Thanks Nicola. We read the book again tonight he’s gone to bed with it 🙂

  4. November 8, 2016 / 2:08 pm

    I love reading books to my daughter except she never really seems that interested. She’s either too tired and just wants to go to bed, or wants to be somewhere else. When she was little (6 weeks old) I would read her books and show her the pictures. Somehow since going back to work, there is little time for reading. I need to get better at it, maybe it’s something we start to do together at the weekend. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

    • Kris
      November 8, 2016 / 9:40 pm

      Since writing the post we have read a stroy each night, he is really starting to get into ot now which is nice. I say dont push it, if she wants to sit and read a book with you then she will but its not the end of the world if booktime isnt partr of a bedtime routine. Its become important for me because I need Max to know that he still plays a huge role in our lives now that his baby brother is around.

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